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All on track

APPRENTICE jockey, Beau Mertens was taken to the Leongatha hospital after falling in race four at Stony Creek on the Saturday with a suspected broken ankle.

Racing club chief executive officer Terry Grace is pleased to report that after x rays Mertens, who is the son of well known Gippsland veteran jockey Peter Mertens from the LaTrobe Valley, was given the all clear and will fully recover.

Lance McMillan, the chairman of Country Racing Victoria was at the track with his wife Jan and said he had a marvellous day.

Terry Grace said, “Lance couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.”

With good rain on Christmas night the track was in perfect condition for racing.

Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody had a win with Turning Tables in race three, the Aherne Fruit and Fine Food Maiden Plate while another racing identity, Lee Freedman had three horses running and finished with three placings.

Jockey Dale Smith rode a treble with three winners.

A couple of thousand punters turned up in glorious weather to unwind after Christmas in what the Stony Creek Racing Club described as a wonderful day of excellent racing.

Children too who are admitted free to the track enjoyed the activities put on by the Kelly Sports.

Monday, January 5 is Ladies Day at Stony Creek and preparations are in full swing for the meeting.

With the summer sun now beating down, Mr Grace said there is plenty of water on hand with the lake in the middle of the track and the turf will remain in perfect condition for an event that always attracts a bumper crowd.

Day out: from left, Nicole Jones, Hayley Jackson, Shaey Blair, Marcus Thompson and Stephanie Graham were out enjoying the sun at the Stony Creek races on Saturday.

Day out: from left, Nicole Jones, Hayley Jackson, Shaey Blair, Marcus Thompson and Stephanie Graham were out enjoying the sun at the Stony Creek races on Saturday.

Over the line: jockey Dale Smith riding Young Farrelly came first in race four at the Stony Creek races on Saturday.

Over the line: jockey Dale Smith riding Young Farrelly came first in race four at the Stony Creek races on Saturday.

Close one: Dale Smith and Young Farrelly (far right), Jarrod Fry and Ballydoyle (centre) and Alan Creighton and Rokeby were in close competition to get over the line first.

Close one: Dale Smith and Young Farrelly (far right), Jarrod Fry and Ballydoyle (centre) and Alan Creighton and Rokeby were in close competition to get over the line first.

All dressed up: from left, the boys were well represented at the Stony Creek races on Saturday with Leongatha’s Will Dutton, Shaun Taggart, Luke Minns, Toby Goss and Kyle Standfield suited up for the occasion.

All dressed up: from left, the boys were well represented at the Stony Creek races on Saturday with Leongatha’s Will Dutton, Shaun Taggart, Luke Minns, Toby Goss and Kyle Standfield suited up for the occasion.

Lovely ladies: from left, Gippsland ladies Belinda Taylor, Millie Taylor, Julie Jacobs (Inverloch), Alison Darling, Michelle Darling and Laura Darling looked stunning in their race day outfits at Stony Creek on Saturday.

Lovely ladies: from left, Gippsland ladies Belinda Taylor, Millie Taylor, Julie Jacobs (Inverloch), Alison Darling, Michelle Darling and Laura Darling looked stunning in their race day outfits at Stony Creek on Saturday.

Watching on: from left, Leongatha’s Tamika Manne, Bec Muir, Molly Daft and Peter McNiven found the perfect spot to sit back and watch the races at Stony Creek on Saturday.

Watching on: from left, Leongatha’s Tamika Manne, Bec Muir, Molly Daft and Peter McNiven found the perfect spot to sit back and watch the races at Stony Creek on Saturday.

Race day fun: from left, Foster’s Rahel Davies, Tess Barry and Jai Prain were having a great time at the Stony Creek races on Saturday.

Race day fun: from left, Foster’s Rahel Davies, Tess Barry and Jai Prain were having a great time at the Stony Creek races on Saturday.

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